Want to reinstall Windows 10 from ISO image on DVD without losing installed program


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Background: A messed up attempt at restoring my Windows 10 Pro state to 3 days earlier using a Macrium Reflect backup corrupted my PC boot record and I was unable to fix it using bootrec and diskpart. So, now I want to reinstall it without losing my programs from an ISO image that I produced with the Media Creation Tool. My Windows 10 Pro was a free upgrade from 7 Pro so I don't have a product key. Also, my disks are bitlocker encrypted.

Problem: Since I can't access the File Explorer from my PC, when I select Install Windows I am not allowed to do an install which saves programs and data without a product key. It appears my only option is a fresh installation. Is there a way I can save my programs and reinstall Windows 10?



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You should use your Win 7 Pro product key, if you have one. That's what I did when I reinstalled win 10 keeping the installed programs. My win 7 ultimate was not oem, it was retail, so I had the keys.

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